December 5, 2013 |
ANDRE JOHNSON is "not even an art-gallery type of guy," but the 22-year-old found himself in the lobby of the Crane Arts building in North Philadelphia yesterday, waiting to get his juvenile record expunged. A man approached Johnson and asked why he was waiting instead of walking around the gallery, where a photography exhibit by Richard Ross showcases kids in prison. The young subjects' stories are told in their own words in accompanying captions. "I'm like, 'I don't really . . . ' " Johnson said.
August 2, 2013 |
Second in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. On a recent Monday morning, Mary Martinez needed $530 worth of medicine to treat her asthma. But Martinez, 49, a certified nurse's aide who works at a rehabilitation facility in Hillsborough, Somerset County, cannot afford health insurance. She anticipates also that she will have to take a pay cut soon to spend more time caring for her husband, who has diabetes. And now, she worries that President Obama's health-care overhaul will be a "kick in the teeth.
July 23, 2013 |
In Patch Adams, a red-clown-nosed Robin Williams dreams up and runs a hospital where doctors enthusiastically work for janitors' pay, where orchards abut cancer wards, and the healing powers of laughter and love outshine scalpels and scans. The 1998 blockbuster was based on a true story, although the Gesundheit! Institute's medical facility had run out of money and closed 15 years before. The doctor's dream never died, however, and now has inspired another: a movement of Patch Adams Free Clinics nationwide, beginning in North Philadelphia.
July 22, 2013 |
Ollie Johnson is still working to give back to the city that gave him his first break in basketball before he turned 20. On Friday, the 64-year-old former NBA player from South Philadelphia was joined by former pros Paul Graham, Pat McFarland, Kenny Battle and Rich Rinaldi at Kensington's Rambler Recreation Center for a free youth basketball clinic. The clinic, titled Full Court Press: Prep for Success, used basketball as a platform to teach life skills to at-risk youths.
July 30, 2012 |
In 1988, Dr. Edward G. Holteen flew his single-engine plane to Jamaica, on a trip that was far from a vacation. The Fort Washington dentist was flying with another dentist and Dr. Holteen's wife, Sylvia, who recalled that the six-seater plane was packed with dental supplies. The Holteens drove to a town in the hills, the other dentist went to another remote location, and, for a week, each ran a free dental clinic. Her husband's arms "at the end of the week were very stiff and sore," his wife said.
January 23, 2011 |
The man in the dentist's chair wears a wool cap, a down vest, and gratitude on his sleeve. Markius Glover, a 35-year-old unemployed IT professional, has gone two years without health insurance, but just had his teeth cleaned for free by Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Goshen. Rarely does anyone seem this thrilled at the discovery of "a few cavities. " Glover scored the first appointment of the day and makes plans to return a week later for fillings. He says he's already had a physical and blood work done at CVIM, adding, "I'm really fortunate a place like this exists.
March 8, 2010 |
Best known for its critically acclaimed licensed adaptations, with "Legendary Talespinners" Dynamite has simply borrowed the spirit of a beloved classic and tossed in some fresh ingredients to create something fresh, new and joyful. In many ways, the first issue reads like a contemporary version of "Miracle on 34th Street," sans Christmas theme. We are immediately introduced to ultra-serious Abby, a medical-school student who is a paragon of professionalism and punctuality, and determined to be the best intern at the free clinic where the majority of the story takes place.
September 16, 2009 |
The free clinic will no longer be free in Philadelphia. The city's Board of Health last night approved a sliding scale of fees to be charged to uninsured people for care at the city's eight primary-care health centers. The fees - from $5 to $20 per visit - were announced earlier this year as part of Mayor Nutter's city budget. No date has been set for when the fees will be imposed, said Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the Department of Public Health. He said the fees were not tied to the city's budget fix that is now pending in Harrisburg.
March 6, 2009 |
To a generation of Philadelphians, they are known simply as "the free clinics" - city-run health centers where one can get care ranging from pediatrics to dentistry to OB-GYN. But they may not be free any more. Even as public-health officials consider massive disruptions in health care - among the options on Mayor Nutter's desk is closing the city nursing home and up to three of the clinics - one change is increasingly likely: Patients without insurance will face fees on a sliding scale at all the centers.